SpaceX name FIRST PERSON it will take around the Moon

Cesar Mills
September 20, 2018

Earlier Maezawa was in the news when he bought a painting worth $110.5 million, by the late artist Jean-Michel Basquiat while at an auction in NY. If John Lennon could have seen the curvature of the Earth, what kind of songs would he have written?

"I wish to create wonderful works of art for humankind", Maezawa said.

An off-the-cuff tweet also left investors reeling after Musk said he planned to take Tesla, his electric auto company, private.

It is the excitement of the space programme, he says, that gets him up in the morning.

According to Musk's presentation [PDF] past year, the mighty BFR will stand 118 metres tall when erected on its launchpad, and will be able to lift 150 tons into low Earth orbit with the help of a massive central booster, making it the most powerful rocket ever to fly.

The moon mission won't be as unsafe as a trip to the Red Planet, but there will still be considerable risk involved.

"Once operational Crew Dragon missions are underway for NASA, SpaceX will launch the private mission on a journey to circumnavigate the Moon and return to Earth". Only 24 humans have ever traveled to the rock, 12 of whom walked on its surface.

The last time astronauts orbited-not landed-on the moon was during the Apollo 13 mission in 1970. The space agency aims to build a gateway in the vicinity of the moon, complete with staff, during the 2020s. His mail-order music album business, Start Today, was his real breakthrough, though, and is now listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

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And the 2023 date, by the way, is far from set in stone: A lot of development and testing work will have to go well for SpaceX to hit that target, Musk said.

In February 2017 SpaceX said two people had bought tickets to the moon for a flight that was supposed to take place this year.

The exact price that Maezawa paid has not been released, although he says that it will be free for the accompanying artists. The mission is planned for 2023, and, if all goes according to plan, will be the first journey to the moon by humans since 1972.

Russian and Chinese companies are also working on space tourism plans.

Hasn't this space trip to the moon been promised before?

Musk's ultimate goal is to colonize Mars. Whoever the mystery passenger is will be among the first space tourists to fly with a commercial company.

Musk's successes have recently been overshadowed by his behavior and the struggles of his Tesla electric auto company to deliver.

He recently criticized analysts during a Tesla earnings conference call, labeled a British diver in the recent Thai cave rescue drama as a pedophile, took a hit off an apparent marijuana-tobacco joint during a podcast interview and tweeted that he had funding to take Tesla private but then announced the deal was off.

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